Against the Academics
St. Augustine's Cassiciacum Dialogues, Volume 1
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A fresh, new translation of Augustine’s inaugural work as a Christian convert
The first four works written by St. Augustine of Hippo after his conversion to Christianity are the remarkable “Cassiciacum dialogues.” In this first dialogue, expertly translated by Michael Foley, Augustine and his interlocutors explore the history and teachings of Academic skepticism, which Augustine is both sympathetic to and critical of. The dialogue serves as a fitting launching point for a knowledge of God and the soul, the overall subject of the Cassiciacum tetralogy.
Praise For Against the Academics: St. Augustine's Cassiciacum Dialogues, Volume 1…
“Foley has provided a vital and long-needed service, giving us lively, engaging and accurate translations, and commentaries that are well-grounded without being overwhelming. . . . There is much in this dialogue and Foley’s presentation of it for contemporary readers to take seriously.”—Erik Kenyon, Bryn Mawr Classical Review
“A truly impressive undertaking.”—Marc D. Guerra, Assumption College
“A consistent, faithful and elegant translation of the crucial but relatively neglected dialogues by Augustine of Hippo.”—Simon Oliver, Durham University, UK
“Foley’s text of Against the Academics is a valuable resource for students and scholars alike. The translation is accurate and readable, and the extensive commentary is full of insightful analysis.”—Blake Dutton, Loyola University Chicago
“Michael Foley’s lively, precise new translation makes this dramatic dialogue accessible to today’s reader, adding yet another dimension to our understanding of the endless breadth of Augustine’s developing thought.”—Brian Daley, University of Notre Dame
“Michael Foley’s translations of Augustine’s dialogue Against the Academics is accurate and elegantly written, and his Introduction will provide both students and advanced scholars with a guide to Augustine’s early thinking on the Christian contemplative life.”—Brian Stock, University of Toronto and Collège de France
Yale University Press, 9780300238556, 352pp.
Publication Date: June 25, 2019
About the Author
Michael P. Foley is associate professor of patristics at Baylor University. He is the author or editor of several books, including Frank Sheed’s translation of Augustine’s Confessions.